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Post by Andreas89 on Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:19 am

So guys, I wanted to call upon your expertise in the field of christian power metal. Now, of course I am familiar with some bands, but it's always fun to keep expanding a bit (and supporting a new, unsigned band occasionally).

Here are some demands that I have:

-melodic
-fast
-clean singing
-good vocals
-symphonic elements
-if possible, proggy elements
-if possible, folky elements
-christian message not too hidden


Just so you know, I'll give a list with bands that I like and more or less fit those perimeters (also mentioning a few that don't really, but just so you know that I'm familiar with them already):

7Days
Audiovision
Divinefire (first album)
Diviner
Empire 21
Enzo and the Glory Ensemble
Essence of Sorrow
Fires of Babylon
Gloriam Dei
Golden Resurrection
Harmony
Innersiege
Innerwish
Leah
Majestic Vanguard
Mehida
Narnia
Reinxeed
Rob Rock
Sacred Warrior
Signum Regis
Sinbreed (first album)
Stryper
Michael Sweet
Theocracy
W.A.S.P.
Warlord
Wingdom
Within Silence
Worldview
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by d@v!d on Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:15 am

Sacrom
Boanerges
Steel Power
Arjé
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by metaldude on Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:18 pm

Wake of Redemption 
Metatrone 
Stauros
Slain
Seven Angels 
Perpetual Legacy
Northern Flame
After Omega
Millenial Reign 
Kreyson 
Dragon's Cry
Dynasty
Above Symmetry

I followed your suggestions more than your demands. Some are more proggy than power. Some symphonic, etc.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Staybrite on Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:29 pm

Sacrecy (Finland)
http://www.xnilorecords.com/sacrecy/
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by metaldude on Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:33 pm

Staybrite wrote:Sacrecy (Finland)
http://www.xnilorecords.com/sacrecy/

I forgot that one. Nice call.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:40 pm

Thanks for the suggestions so far Very Happy  Haven't checked the bands out, except for Metatrone (annoying growls), Millennial Reign (awful vocalist) and Kreyson (just didn't work for me).

Night time now, but I'll tell you guys about my experiences tomorrow Smile
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by cailen on Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:05 pm

Hi Andreas check Lightmare, Creed and Saint Attack ourt.

 Hallo Andreas, du solltest Lightmare aus Frankfurt und Creed
(irgendwo bei Stuttgart/ Karlsruhe) und Saint Attack (Karlsruhe) aus den 80ern frühen 90ern anchecken.

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ansonsten kann ich Recon (USA) wärmstens empfehlen
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by cailen on Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:09 pm

also

auch



mit Herbie Langhans (sinbreed) und Andi Gutjar (Lightmare)
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by eatbugs on Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:43 pm

Mods, lock this thread!  My wallet can't take it! Just Joking

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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by jusma on Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:04 am

Hallowed
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FuL_DzBbe78
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by jusma on Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:14 am

Germán Pascual
Balance of Power (kinda christian)
Lance King (kinda christian)
Oratorio
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:20 am

Little update in between: some of the suggested bands I know (and own a CD of, in one case), namely Recon (kinda forgot about them) and Germán Pascual (love his CD).

I listened to a few bands already, and seriously... some good stuff among them! I will give feedback to each and every band, even if it may be just one word Razz
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:21 am

Oh, and I think I put Balance of Power aside, because it wasn't that openly christian and it offered nothing really special aside from that. Might try again though Smile

I also remember trying Hallowed, I think the production put me off... will try again.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Professor_Valconian on Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:02 pm

Balance of Power is HIGHLY recommended ... not for Christian message, but for the quality of the music.

Definitely pick up the following albums:
> The Book of Secrets (definitely some biblical imagery on this one)
> Ten More Tales of Grand Illusion
> Perfect Balance

Those albums are almost always near the top of my rotation. Although you won't find overt Christian lyrics, what is there is morally positive.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:40 pm

Almost done listening to all of your suggestions. Some really good stuff, some less interesting (IMO); I will write a reply tomorrow. Sorted per forum member Very Happy
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by jusma on Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:50 pm

Andreas89 wrote:Might try again though Smile

I also remember trying Hallowed, I think the production put me off... will try again.

Yeah, try BOP again Smile

Hallowed only put out one 5 song EP. It's not a great quality, but still enjoyable I think.  They did record more songs, but never put them out, which is a shame.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Hardcore Christian on Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:07 pm

Maybe I missed it but how has Seventh Avenue not been mentioned!?

My personal all time fave Power Metal band!



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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Professor_Valconian on Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:07 pm

Good call on Seventh Avenue. I was listening to them earlier today. Agree that they are near the top of Christian Euro Power Metal ... imo.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:18 am

I own four Seventh Avenue albums. A bit frustrating; they're playing in a style I really love, but because of the length of their albums I tend to find them boring.

Anyway, only need to check Balance of Power...
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Superjuice on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:01 pm

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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:56 pm

So, verdict is in! Thanks for your suggestions. Some bands are really good, others need more time for making an impression at all or for me to get used to certain things, some just weren't my cup of tea. Anyway here it is Very Happy

David, your suggestions only contained Spanish lyrics. Not too much of a problem, I have done a short Spanish course so it's not that "out there". But still, it might have been a different story if those bands had English lyrics (just saying).
-Sacrom sounded nice, but a bit too cute
-Boanerges: I love it! Doesn't matter that they sing Spanish Very Happy
-Steel Power's production was a bit too poor
-Arjé made a good impression, will need more listens though.

metaldude had a long list, but I finished it! Smile
-Wake of Redemption: don't know yet... will listen more.
-Stauros: Portugese drags this down a bit... it's a big step for me to take.
-Slain: love it!
-Seven Angels: very good music, vocals need some getting used to.
-Perpetual Legacy: LOVE the music, I'm not too big on female vox like these though.
-Northern Flame: I love this! Good vocals too Very Happy
-After Omega: excellent music, spoilt by the vocalist who permanently sings out of key.
-Dragon's Cry: promising band name Razz  singer sounds too squeaky though.
-Dynasty: fairly good... a bit standard, but that's OK
-Above Symmetry: very good first impression, I need more listens because prog Razz

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-Sacrecy: very nice! Want to have their album now Very Happy

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-Lightmare: sounds very good! Classic German power metal is nice!
-Creed: first thing I thought when hearing that song: wow! Classic Helloween/Gamma Ray-ish
-Treasure Seeker: a project isn't it? Sounds good, nice springboard to other bands Smile

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-Hallowed: sounds too demo-ish. Would have been nice if they didn't break up...
-Balance of Power: very good, need to look better at the lyrics though
-Lance King: this I might like; sounds alot like Pyramaze
-Oratorio: promising! Needs more listens though.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:57 pm

Superjuice wrote:
Will check tomorrow! Thanks Smile
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:23 pm

Tornado is OK... better production and vocal effort wouldn't hurt though.

I know, listen to a lot of power metal bands and you'll see that the vocalist can make or break a band.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by My Awesome Timothy on Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:41 pm

Rivera Bomma is pretty good, really enjoy their 2nd album from time to time.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Professor_Valconian on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:12 pm

Try this one ... just got turned onto them by Angelic Warlord. They sound awesome.

http://angelicwarlord.com/reviews/o/oblivionmyth16.html
http://angelicwarlord.com/interviews/oblivionmyth16.html

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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Tombie on Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:04 pm

Here is a list that I have. Some may not be the style you are looking for and some are not really Christian bands but have Christians in them so hopefully you find some you like:
Adiastasia
Affector
All Too Human
Allos
Amaran's Plight
America Gomorrah
Ascension Theory
Avian
BlindSeven
Darkwater
Defyance
Divine Ascension
Dracma
Dragon's Cry
Dynasty
Edge Of Eternity
Edgend
Efrata
Energema
Eternal Flight
God's Equation
Grimmark
Gronholm
Halcyon Way
Images Of Eden
Ivory Moon
Lack Of Faith
Magnitude 9
Menahem
Mirador
NonHuman Era
Sandalinas
Sardis
Seven Horizons
Seventh Wonder
Shining Star
Silent Call
Six Minute Century
Sons Of Thunder
Souljourners
Soullhunter
Teramaze
Third Voice
Transcendence
Veni Domine
Voice Of Glass
WiszdomStone
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by d@v!d on Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:44 am

Andreas89 wrote:David, your suggestions only contained Spanish lyrics.
It was intentional. Those bands tend to get overlooked for that very reason. I figured you wouldn't care as most people from Europe are multi-lingual.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:13 am

My standards are getting higher. Rivera Bomma and Oblivion Myth are good, but don't blow me away.
Although, I must say it's interesting to hear US takes on euro prog/power metal.
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Re: Good christian euro power metal?

Post by Andreas89 on Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:27 am

Tombie wrote:Here is a list that I have. Some may not be the style you are looking for and some are not really Christian bands but have Christians in them so hopefully you find some you like:
[...]
Affector
[...]
Darkwater
[...]
Seventh Wonder
[...]
Veni Domine
[...]
Already have (some of) those in my collection Very Happy  I especially love Affector.

Thanks for the other suggestions, you give me a lot of homework Wink  I do know some however.
Dragon's Cry and Dynasty were already mentioned. Doesn't click with me, but well...

I already tried Teramaze a few times. Nice, but somehow gets lost in bands I like more. Ivory Moon and Adiastasia I already tried, but found them lacking. As for Grimmark, I keep forgetting about his solo stuff. Halcyon Way had too many growls in it as far as I remember...

Some time ago I tried to find some stuff by America Gomorrah, but youtube only gave me long sermons and doomsday prophecies about the US...
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:04 pm

Andreas89 wrote:My standards are getting higher. Rivera Bomma and Oblivion Myth are good, but don't blow me away.
Although, I must say it's interesting to hear US takes on euro prog/power metal.
One of my friends up here in Washington state is actually related to the singer of Oblivion Myth based out of Tennessee
That is my go to for proof that we live in a small world  Laughing
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